A selection of highlights from Free Speech Debate and news about upcoming events and interviews.

Dear FSD subscribers

This week we published a discussion piece by Peter Molnar on how mobile devices have changed the context of "hate speech" online. Rather than arguing for content-specific prohibitions against "hate speech", Molnar says we should focus on situations where mobile devices "directly connect incitement to hatred online with places where violence may actually occur in the real world".

We also published an exclusive interview with Romedia Foundation's executive director Katalin Barsony on how her organisation empowers Roma with new technology. Barsony says Roma are the worst discriminated minority group in Europe because of a lack of self-representation. To change this, Romedia teaches citizen journalism as a tool against discrimination.

In light of a recent decision by India's parliament to withdraw school textbooks containing a political cartoon some MPs considered denigrating, Antoon De Baets explores whether reputation, rights and public morals should ever trump educational free speech.

Two of our FSD team members also investigate how journalism is constrained around the world. Dominic Burbidge discusses how corrput links between political elites and mainstream media suffocate genuine democratic debate in sub-Saharan Africa and Felipe Correa questions whether Brazil's new law requiring journalists to earn a diploma enhances or restricts the profession.  

We'll be in touch in two weeks' time with the latest case studies, interviews and discussions. Until then, we look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.

Brian Pellot
Online editor

Peter Molnar

Hate speech

Peter Molnar discusses  how the speed and ubiquity of mobile devices have changed the context of "hate speech" online.
Brazil journalists

Brazil's chill

New laws in the country require journalists to hold a degree. Should a license to write be required? Comment on our case study here.


Katalin Barsony explains how her organisation uses media to empower Romani activists and challenge stereotypes.
Journalism in Africa

African bribes

Dominic Burbidge explores how 'brown envelope journalism' holds back sub-Saharan Africa and stifles democratic debate.
Indian cartoon

Indian satire

After a political cartoon caused outrage in India, Antoon de Baets discusses free speech v reputation, rights and public morals.
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